The Ultimate Roadmap for Your 30 Days in Florida!

So, you have 30 days to explore Florida; lucky you! But it’s a big state, with lots of activities, sights and resorts to choose from, so where do you start? Check out our roadmap below, which takes you through the top must-see areas of Florida. But, before you book your accommodations and activities, we encourage you to take the season into account. Rates are often higher at peak tourist times, not to mention there are more crowds and limited availability.

Days 1 – 5: Crystal River – Homosassa Region

Where to Stay

Crystal Isles RV Resort offers the best of Florida’s scenic West Coast including beaches,
golf courses and fishing in nearby rivers and streams. But book early, because Crystal Isles boasts waterfront sites that are in high demand.

With plenty of restaurants and nearby shopping, plus fishing, golf and beaches there’s lots to do during your time here. Depending on the time of year you visit we suggest making time for…

 

Manatees

Did you know that Crystal River hosts a year-round population of Manatees? Although you can see them any time of the year, the best time is January – March. During the winter season the manatees crowd around the warm water springs that are unique to the Crystal River area. Also, the visibility is better during the winter months because the water is clearer. Plan to visit mid-week (when it’s less busy), and book your viewing in the morning, when the manatees are more active. River Ventures and Plantation are a few of the region’s top manatee tour operators.

Scalloping

Scalloping is a popular activity in Crystal River during the summer and early fall. The scalloping season generally runs from mid June to the end of September. With some basic snorkeling equipment, you can dive for scallops and enjoy the sights of fish, plants and coral that inhabit the Gulf of Mexico’s coast. Again, check out River Ventures and Plantation, which offer scalloping tours along with a number of other local operators.

Days 6-8: Tampa

Tampa is only 2 hours from Crystal Bay, and offers so many attractions, it’s a definite must-stop on your trip south. Top tourist spots include Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, The Tampa Museum of Art, Adventure Island Water Park, and Big Cat Rescue.     

Where to Stay

There are a number of RV resorts and Parks in the Tampa area to choose from like Topics RV Resort in Spring Hill, although golfers may prefer the Silver Dollar Golf, Trap Club & RV Resort in Odessa.

Days 9-13: Fort Myers

Fort Myers is one of the top stops in Florida, and it’s only a 2.5-hour drive from Tampa. With lots to do here, you’ll want to give yourself time to explore the area.

Where to Stay

The Fort Myers Beach RV Resort provides the friendly, fun atmosphere of a close-knit RV community, while also giving you the opportunity to explore the barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva. Located just three miles from Fort Myers Beach and pier, you may be tempted to spend your week on the beach, but there’s lots more to do in the Fort Myers area, including:

Golf

There are too many top-notch golf courses in Fort Myers to choose from, so if you like to golf this is the place to be. You could also consider staying at Clerbrook Golf & RV Resort, which boasts its own exceptional, 18-hole golf course.  Check out this article from Golf Advisor, which lists some of the top ranked golf courses of the area.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Whether you’re into history, architecture, or are just curious, plan to spend time visiting the winter estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. You’ll be amazed at what you learn and see.

J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge

If you like wildlife, then this is a must do on your trip to Fort Myers. On Sanibel Island you can take a tram tour where you’ll have the opportunity to see birds, dolphins, manatees and alligators in their natural habitat at this wildlife refuge.

Days 14 – 20: The Florida Keys

It’s quite a trip south to the Florida Keys, but it’s worth the 5-hour drive from Fort Myers to stay in this tropical paradise. If you visit during lobster season make sure to try some fresh lobster, or consider experiencing the thrill of hauling in lobster traps on a fishing charter.

Where to Stay

Fiesta Key RV Resort & Marina is a spacious 28-acre resort located on its own island in the Florida Keys. Sunshine Key RV Resort & Marina is located on the 75-acre island of Ohio Key, and has an adjoining marina that offers unprecedented water access to a tropical island environment that’s perfect for fishing, swimming or relaxing on the water. Stay at one, or both resorts and enjoy a tropical paradise adventure that includes days of swimming, beaches, fishing, and snorkeling, all from the comfort of your RV.

Although it’s tempting to stay on the beach during your time in the Florida Keys, there’s lots of sights to visit should you get tired of sitting around relaxing. If you’d prefer to explore, consider visiting:

Day 21: Miami

From the Florida Keys, you can make your way north to the Orlando area, which is a 7.5-hour drive, but we suggest breaking that up with a stop in Miami, which is just 3.5 hours from the Florida Keys area. Miami is known for it’s shopping and world-class restaurants, so it’s the perfect place to enjoy lunch or an early dinner before traveling to your resort in Orlando.

Days 21 – 25: Orlando

There’s lots to do and see in Orlando, but Disney is one of the most famous attractions. From Universal Studios to Epcot, there are lots of amusement parks in this area and you could easily spend a day or week (or more) exploring them, but there are also lots of great golf courses, restaurants and shopping areas nearby, so give yourself time to fully explore the Orlando area.

Where to Stay

Clermont, Kissimmee and Winter Gardens are all close to Orlando, and offer a wide range of RV parks to choose from, including Orlando RV Resort,  Winter Gardens RV Resort, Tropical Palms RV Resort, Lake Magic RV Resort, and Sherwood Forest RV Resort.

Days 26 – 30: Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is only a 1.5-hour drive from the Orlando area, and it’s a great place to end your Florida adventure. This beach, which has been called the “world’s best beach” since the 1920’s hosts an abundance of shopping, dining and golf options.

If you love speed and cars, then make sure you schedule a visit to the Daytona International Speedway, which hosts the Daytona 500 and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Where to Stay

There are a number of excellent RV resorts in the Daytona Beach area, including Sunshine Holiday Daytona RV Resort (which is just minutes away from the Daytona Speedway), and Rose Bay RV Resort which is located next to Daytona’s famous white, sandy beaches, and is well-known for it’s amazing fishing.

Whether you choose to follow this itinerary, or create one of your own, if you’re looking for tips about where and when to visit Florida, give our customer service team a call at 1-877-570-2267. They know all the ins-and-outs of the Florida area and can give you the insider information that will make your trip extra-special.

Did you find this road trip plan helpful? Do you have any suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!

Daytona Beach: A Modern Fountain of Youth for Canadian Snowbirds

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When Spanish explorer and conquistador Juan Ponce de León set out in 1513 for the fountain of youth, he reportedly discovered DeLeon Springs, located west of Daytona Beach, Florida. Although the story of Ponce de León and the fountain of youth is supported by very little historical evidence, it’s not hard to see why people link the Daytona Beach area to that idyllic, mythical location.

Daytona Beach is the perfect place for the young at heart with first-class shopping, dining and golf nestled along an area that’s been recognized since the 1920’s as the “world’s best beach.” At Daytona Beach visitors can choose speed, nature, exploration or relaxation – with something for every personality, it’s the perfect spot for Canadian snowbirds to spend the winter months.

The Daytona Beach area consists of several cities and towns including Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, Ponce Inlet, Port Orange, South Daytona and Holly Hill. And while the beach is reason in and of itself to visit, it’s not the only reason to choose to winter in Daytona Beach.

The Daytona International Speedway

Stretching for miles, the hard packed sand makes it possible to drive on the beach. Before the Daytona International Speedway was built, professional drivers would race on the thinkstockphotos-594939260Daytona Beach Road Course – a course that was part beach, part highway. Today the Daytona 500 has moved to the Speedway, but cars are still allowed to go through the beach during the day (but not faster than 16 km/hour). For anyone looking for a faster pace, the Daytona 500 and Daytona International Speedway are attractions that draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

A Scenic Ocean Drive for History Buffs

In search of more than just a warm place to spend the winter? Snowbirds interested in history can visit the city of St. Augustine, home to the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. The scenic route from Daytona Beach to St. Augustine along state road A1A  is a drive of about 50 miles that hugs the coast, which means you’ll be able to see and hear the Atlantic Ocean the whole way. If you don’t have a convertible, consider renting one for the day – you’ll be glad you did.

An area steeped in deep maritime and American history, other Daytona historical attractions worth visiting include:

Nature Lover’s Paradise

thinkstockphotos-91057461-1If you love nature, then Daytona Beach won’t disappoint. Manatees are known to swim in the area’s rivers and canals, endangered sea turtles lay their eggs on the beaches and migrating whales can be seen from the shores during the winter months.

 

Avid birders might catch a glimpse of a wood stork, bald eagle, or American oystercatcher on one of these popular nature trails:

Whether you want to go fishing, or are happy to watch the wildlife from the shore, you’ll find plenty of unique opportunities to get up close with nature at Daytona Beach.

Places to Stay in Daytona Beach

Although Daytona Beach has plenty of motels, hotels, cottages and B&B rentals, for Canadian Snowbirds looking to stay the entire winter, or even a few weeks, a RV resort is the most economical option. There are three beautiful Encore RV resorts in the area just waiting for you. 

Sunshine Holiday Daytona RV Resort is just minutes away from the famous Daytona sunshine-holiday-swimming-poolSpeedway. Known for it’s friendly community, this beautiful RV park is the perfect place to retreat from winter, relax, have fun and make lasting friendships. Central to the beach and close to historic St. Augustine this RV resort is a popular North Daytona choice.

Rose Bay RV Resort is known as a tropical camping paradise. This community is perfect for anyone who loves to fish. The ocean fishing here is fantastic and the resort is located next to Daytona’s famous white, sandy beaches. Whether you relax by the pool, explore, or visit local attractions, at Rose Bay you’ll love to come home at the end of a fun-filled day to the countless amenities that will make your stay comfortable and _mg_1798-1relaxing.

Friendly neighbors and an on-site shop, bar and activities centre makes Bulow RV Resort feel like a small-town community, which is why it’s a popular winter home for many Canadian snowbirds. Golfers will love Bulow RV Resort which provides incredible access to a number of outdoor recreational activities in Flagler Beach, Daytona Beach and St. Augustine – including six golf courses. If you’re looking to experience nature, then you’ll appreciate the opportunities to boat, fish, hike and cycle at this community._mg_3248-1

For the young at heart, Daytona Beach is the perfect place to spend the winter. No matter where you stay there’s something nearby that will suit your interests, mood and hobby. Whether you’re looking to play, relax, or explore you’ll make lasting memories at Daytona Beach.

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